This is my second personal build and my 4th computer I've built overall. Originally I was opting to build for VR along with some aesthetics, but over time I eventually decided to go a bit overkill on that original premise.
The decision between going with a Ryzen CPU vs the 7700k was a difficult one for me, but ultimately I opted for the 7700k. I feel kinda iffy jumping in on a brand new platform, and while I do a lot of multi-tasking, stronger performance per core is what I settled on needing. I mostly play games and do bits of graphic design work here and there. After putting in tons of research, I found that Illustrator and Photoshop tend to do better with stronger core performance than more cores except for a few filters and things I tend to not touch. I opted for more RAM to help in that area since working with extremely large files in both Illustrator and Photoshop at the same time was eating through my 16gb of my previous build.
I know a lot of people out there aren't huge fans of RGB, but with it being so popular it allowed me to finally be able to theme a build using my favorite color purple, without having to paint parts myself or settle for brands I wasn't familiar with. Plus this allows me to change it on a whim if I ever so desire.
The build process was straightforward, though cable management with sleeved extensions was way hard than I expected. I also took a chance on the sleeved extensions, going for a brand I wasn't familiar with so that I could get them in faster thanks to Amazon. The sleeving used is thicker than I expected and the cable combs I ordered don't fit, so there's something else I need to pick up but overall, I'm really happy with the extensions.
At some point I would like to pull out the SSD and get the sticker taken off, but considering the mobo has red LEDs as well, it doesn't stand out quite as much as I expected it to.
Overall, I'm extremely happy with how well this thing is performing compared to my last build. Pulling a consistent 110+ fps(shoutouts to my qnix for being a great cheap monitor) in any semi-optimized game is really nice and I'm excited to pick up a 144hz gsync monitor here soon to really take advantage of this 1080TI.